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Cheryl Swain

Cheryl Irene Swain

Thursday, May 15th, 1947 - Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
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Obituary

With deep sadness and heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Cheryl Irene Swain (nee Hainstock) on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Cheryl will be lovingly remembered by her best friend and husband of 54 years Carmen, daughter Donna, son Darren (Lisa Prokopchuk) and grandson Dustin Dyck (Jennifer Meadows). She was predeceased by her mother Irene, father Cecile Hainstock, stepfather Frank Garner, mother-in-law Irene Hull and her beloved feline companion of 20 years Miss Whiz. Cheryl was born in Rosetown, SK on May 15, 1947. Her father Cecile passed away when Cheryl was an infant. Cheryl and her mother Irene together became a fabulous and inseparable duo throughout her childhood on the family farm. Cheryl’s sense of style, poise and strength were characteristics she gained from her mother. At the age of 18 years, Cheryl met the man of her dreams Carmen, and their beautiful journey began. They were married on January 11, 1966 and soon thereafter started a family. With their young family they moved to Beinfait, SK. Cheryl began working at Safeway (Estevan, SK), where she found her love of connecting with people and many customers grew into friends. While in Bienfait, Cheryl’s family grew as she found a sister-friend in Angie Knight (husband Gord, children Arlette, Clayton and Wayde). Together the two families shared many camping trips to the Black Hills and spent countless laughs with bottomless cups of coffee. The family moved to Brandon in 1984, where Cheryl began working at the Co-op (propane division). She worked alongside her husband Carmen, although Carmen was the Regional Manager all knew that Cheryl was the boss. There she became a mentor, counselor, mother figure and lifetime friend to her Co-op family and clients. Upon retirement in 2014, Cheryl fulfilled her lifetime dream to attend university. Cheryl took courses in Sociology and Psychology at Brandon University. Using her old school methods consisting of pen and paper, she passed all her exams and courses. She proudly wore her BU backpack on campus, with Carmen meeting her after class to carry her books. She became an inspiration for fellow students whom she became friends with and made priceless connections with her professors. Summers were spent together with Carmen at their longtime seasonal campsite in Killarney, and at home sharing laughs with her cherished neighbors and tending to her flowers. She enjoyed their long walks, usually ending up at McDonald’s having coffee, with her many special friends. She loved her winter vacations at their favorite resort in Bucerias, Mexico, which became Cheryl’s favorite home away from home. There she met many wonderful friends that she kept in touch with. Cheryl touched many lives, she listened with a golden heart, gave guidance with a gentle hand, told small stories large and celebrated life to the fullest. The family will cherish Cheryl’s memory at a private service. Donations in memory of Cheryl may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200 – 17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6.

LIVE – every moment as I did
LOVE – beyond words as I did
LAUGH – every day as I did
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Marvella Carr

Posted at 12:31am
Carmen and Family,

We were very surprised and saddened to learn of Cheryl’s passing. Our families had many good times with yours at the Bienfait rink and our numerous visits. Cheryl was such a classy lady and fun person. Our very sincere sympathy to all of you. Joan DeRosier, Marvella Carr and families
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Priscilla and Jim Fisher

Posted at 01:02pm
So sorry to hear of Cheryl's passing. Our heartfelt condolences to Carmen and the rest of the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
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Lana Yaworsky

Posted at 10:31pm
What a beautifully written tribute to such a classy lady...”it’s Cheryl with a C”! Those words echo as I remember her fondly. I will miss our swims at the pool, especially the lively conversations and wisdom she shared. Donna and Carmen your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
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Calvin Hercina

Posted at 01:35pm
Carmen,Darren,Donna & Dustin,
My prayers and condolences go out to all of your family during this time. Cheryl was a kind and patience person and had a great sense of humor. You always left with a smile and something to think about after talking with Cheryl. I know she cared about so many people and wondered what and how they were doing and wishing the best for all us. Cheryl will be deeply missed.
Calvin Hercina
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Jeff Walden

Posted at 06:53pm
Carmen, Darren, Donna & Dustin:
I was so sad to hear of Cheryl's sudden passing. She was like a second mom to me growing up and I will miss her wit, fantastic sense of humor and kind heart. I will always cherish the many great conversations I had with her. No matter what was going on in life, a visit with Cheryl always left you with a smile on your face and in a better mood than when you arrived. Much love and strength to you all as you go through this difficult time.
Jeff Walden
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